Surgeries resume at California hospital after sterilization issues

Providence Santa Rosa (Calif.) Memorial Hospital has resumed all elective surgeries after sterilization issues caused the facility to halt some procedures.

Issues began Oct. 17 when two machines in the hospital's Sterile Processing Department were not functioning properly. Since that time, the hospital relied on partnering with sister locations in the region to aid with the sterilization of tools. 

Testing of the hospital's equipment did not return abnormal results. As of Nov. 6, the facility was once again processing a limited number of surgical instruments on-site, a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's

Prior to resolution of the issue, the hospital was able to accommodate elective cases and continued to support emergent and urgent cases.

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